Back Up Your Sump Pump

Your sump pump works hard to keep your home dry, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have a backup plan. Protect your home from water damage by taking these simple steps to avoid sump pump overflow and sewer backup.

Inside your home:

  • Install a battery backup for the sump pump
  • Check the sump pump yearly to make sure it’s working by following these steps:
    1. Remove the cover from the sump pump pit
    2. Make sure the drain hose is connected properly
    3. Slowly pour water into the pit
    4. Fill the pit until the float rises high enough to activate the pump
    5. If the pump doesn't work, call a professional to repair it
  • Install a sewer backflow check valve if sewage has ever backed up through the floor drain

Outside your home:

  • Install window well covers
  • Have proper drainage away from your home’s foundation
  • Remove all trees growing next to the foundation — the roots can crack the foundation walls allowing water to enter
  • Install gutters and downspouts and keep them clean
  • Install downspout extensions if water from the downspout collects near your home’s foundation

Want other ways to keep your sump pump going strong? Put your homeowner smarts to the test with our Sump Pump Maintenance Checklist.

 

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